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The Vegabonds Return To Birmingham On Friday Night September 21, 2017 12:36

 

Nashville-based new south rockers The Vegabonds have had a busy summer, playing a slew of shows across the Midwest and all along the East Coast. Music fans in Birmingham, Alabama are in luck this weekend, as the band is scheduled for a big show at Saturn on Friday night (9/22). While the band is now based in Nashville, the Alabama roots run deep with this group. With a sound reminiscent of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers mixed with the grit and twang of the Allman Brothers Band, The Vegabonds give their fans a sensational performance with powerhouse guitar riffs and impactful songwriting night after night.

With their third European tour under the belt, three full-length albums including a fourth nearing completion, and a gravitational pull to their growing fan base down every American highway, the Vegabonds are on a musical pilgrimage to spread the gospel of pure, unadulterated New South Rock.

Some might assert that their sound is Americana, while others may consider them to be true rock ‘n’ rollers. Regardless of what fans like to call them, the Alabama-born, Nashville-bred quintet is pulling themselves up by the bootstraps just in time for 2018, forging ahead into the future by avoiding pigeon holes.

A group of five musicians with myriad influences between them, The Vegabonds are fronted by lead vocalist and songwriter Daniel Allen, with Richard Forehand (lead guitar/vocals), Paul Bruens (bass), Beau Cooper (keys/vocals), and Bryan Harris (drums) rounding out the quintet.

Watch The Vegabonds' new music video for "Long Haired Country Boy" here:


Watch Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, & Joe Russo Play "YEM" In 2005 September 20, 2017 22:40

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Words by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
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Back in 2005, the wildly innovative Benevento/Russo Duo, consisting of Marco Benevento (organ/keys) and Joe Russo (drums) linked up with Phish bassist Mike Gordon for quite a few shows and festival appearances. Some might even say that Gordo became an unofficial member of the group. Many will remember the trio's 53-minute rendition of Phish's "Foam" from The Georgia Theatre in Athens, which can be watched in full below. The trio would eventually link up with Phish's Trey Anastasio for a 2006 summer tour, which served as the first time Trey & Mike had toured together since Phish's break-up in 2004.  
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For those familiar with the massive Phish catalog, I think we can all agree that "You Enjoy Myself" sits amongst the most highly coveted, choice nugs. With what seems to be an ever-growing selection of Phish tribute acts (and some damn good ones, at that), many of the Phish faithful have had the chance to see others perform the monster original Phish composition. But have you seen it performed without anyone on lead guitar?
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Whether or not you knew much about Benevento and Russo back in 2005, you're hopefully aware of where these guys are today with their respective solo projects and of course, Joe Russo's Almost Dead. Funny how other guests of the duo included future JRAD members Dave Dreiwitz and Scott Metzger. Anyhow, Gordon teamed up with The Duo for one hell of a New Year's Eve show at the Culture Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2005. Much to the crowd's delight, the trio busted out "You Enjoy Myself" without anyone on lead guitar or vocals, and it's some pretty mind blowing stuff.  Watch the performance in full below, and make sure you don't miss that "Fluffhead" tease that sneaks in right around the 5:54 mark.
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While it's a rare occasion these days, you'll be able to catch Benevento/Russo Duo performing at Suwannee Hulaween in October. Mike Gordon is also on the lineup. Who knows what could happen?
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Watch The Duo + Mike Gordon performing You Enjoy Myself here:
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Watch the The Duo + Mike Gordon's 53-minute "Foam" from Athens, GA here:
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Phish Confirms Four-Night New Year's Run At Madison Square Garden September 20, 2017 13:16

Photo + Press Release via Phish.com

Phish announce their long-awaited return to Madison Square Garden to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a four-night run beginning Thursday, December 28th through Sunday, December 31st. This will bring the band's total plays at the Garden to 56.

An online ticket request period is now underway at http://tickets.phish.com  (ending Monday, October 2 at 10AM ET). Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, October 6 at Noon ET at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 866-858-0008.

Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the New Year’s Run (which include hotel and tickets). Phish will be donating their proceeds of these travel packages to the WaterWheel Foundation. Travel Packages go on sale Friday 9/22 at Noon ET at bit.ly/PhishNYE17_TP.

Stay tuned for future updates surrounding Phish's 2017 New Year's run!

Official announcement video via Phish on Facebook:


Runaway Gin Announces Mystery Themed Donut Show With Federal Donuts September 20, 2017 12:53

 

Photo by Jason Herman

On the heels of a incredibly successful run of shows through the Southeast and their 250th show Runaway Gin - a Tribute to Phish, the world's most active Phish Tribute announces that they will team up with Federal Donuts (who was behind the Baker's Dozen donuts for Phish for their 13 night Madison Square Garden run) to bring a special mystery donut themed show to the South Bowl in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, October 14th. There are a limited number of tickets to this show and each audience member will receive a complimentary show donut at the door while supplies last so it is highly recommended to grab tickets in advance to avoid being shut out and empty bellied. Click here to purchase tickets!

Runaway Gin has also just released full video from their second visit to the 8x10 in Baltimore, MD from this past Saturday. See below for the complete setlist, as well as complete video footage of both the first and second set. Make sure you don't miss the 'rotation jam' during the wild take on "The Squirming Coil" which closed out the first set.

For tour dates, videos and live recordings visit Runaway Gin's website here complete with videos, posters, photos, and setlists and make sure to follow the band's official Facebook page.

Setlist: Runaway Gin - Baltimore, MD - 09.16.17

Set I: Blaze On, the Curtain (with), Free, the Wedge > Wilson > NICU, Rock and Roll -> the Squirming Coil*
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Set II: Punch You in the Eye > Bathtub Gin^, Mike's Song > Ghost -> Brickhouse -> Ghost > Weekapaug Groove, Loving Cup > Twist -> Light -> Manteca** -> the Divided Sky 
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Encore: Roses are Free
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*w/ rotation jam ^w/ "Rock and Roll" quotes **w/ vocal jam
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Watch Set 1 here:
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Second Annual 'Area 54' Will Feature Pink Talking Fish + Much More September 18, 2017 15:57

Press Release via C4 Productions

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We meet at the convergence of time and space where the aliens show us how disco is really done. We’re returning to claim the pyramids for the disco in the sky for our 2nd Annual Area 54. A portion of this event’s profits go to benefit our Cahaba Riverkeeper. With Area 51 meets Studio 54, disco –alien costuming is preferred as attendees help bring Area 54 to life!

This themed event will be held on November 17th at Old Car Heaven beginning at 7:30 PM until the wee hour of 3:00 AM. With two stages C4 Productions bring you a variety of musical stylings provided by two full sets of Pink Talking Fish, as well as Daily Bread, BioLux, Soul Mob, Don Mega, Lee J, Aleatorien, and more to be announced!

For an enhanced musical experience, we’re pleased to bring you the audio visual stimulation that you’ve come to know and love from C4 Productions. With the styling and artwork from Lumen Nature, John & Katie Gaiser: A Married Couple, Low Spark Arts, ShatterWorms, MegaVision, and Media Visions, our out-of-this-world visualizations will be found in every nook and corner inside Old Car Heaven as well as the surrounding of our outdoor second stage!

Click Here: Purchase Tickets Today

Click Here: Join The Official Facebook Event

Check out the official recap video from the inaugural Area 54 here:

Video by Lumen Nature

Meet The Lineup:

Pink Talking Fish

Pink Talking Fish: complete with two sets and an encore! A Fusion of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish! Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world's most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.

Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands... they are Phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mindblowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band.

Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd.... The funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads.... The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish.... to merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience.
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Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould (former/founding member of Particle) on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Dave Brunyak on guitar. This is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts. Its purpose is to heighten people's passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans.

Discovering connections is part of the fun: Pink Floyd's "On the Run" seamlessly fitting in the middle of the composition of Phish's "You Enjoy Myself". Perfectly placing Phish's "Sand" into the groove of The Talking Head's "Slippery People". Segued collections from all three acts such as Run Like Hell > Psycho Killer > Run Like An Antelope > Run Like Hell or Mike's Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove. These ideas are the spirit behind Pink Talking Fish.
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The story is ever evolving. The experience is always exciting. Come join Pink Talking Fish for the ultimate fusion tribute and celebrate the love of this music in unique fashion.

Watch Pink Talking Fish perform at AURA Music & Arts Festival (2016) here:

Daily Bread

Atlanta based crate digger & multi-instrumentalist, Rhett Whatley, offers up a fresh organic sound strategically woven around innovative electronic production techniques. Garnering praise from fans and critics alike for his unique approach to vinyl collaging & synthesis, Daily Bread flawlessly delivers emotion dripped compositions that simeltanously move dance floors. Creative use of beat driven samples from a vast collection channel nostalga, yet something alos 100% brand new Atlanta based crate digger & multi-instrumentalist, Rhett Whatley, offers up a fresh organic sound strategically woven around innovative electronic production techniques. Garnering praise from fans and critics alike for his unique approach to vinyl collaging & synthesis, Daily Bread flawlessly delivers emotion dripped compositions that simultaneously move dance floors. Creative use of beat driven samples from a vast collection channel nostalgia, yet something alos 100% brand new.

Watch a recap of Daily Bread's recent show at Atlanta's Terminal West here:

Soul Mob

Soul Mob has tapped into a universal essence that excites DJs and clubbers across the dance divide. Silicone Soul praised their track ‘Foundation’; Davidson Ospina dropped it at Cielo; James Zabiela and Maceo Plex are rinsing their tracks; At the same time, darker excursions have been hammered by Slam and Nick Warren. The pair, despite being close friends in the northeast electronic music scene had not joined forces in the studio until 2009, when Pat Bedeau called on them to remix “Forgive Me” for his prestigious Strictly Music Label. The result was an entirely new sound that drew cues from the best of both artists. It was a futuristic and raw, synth-driven, underground masterpiece, the start of a new idea and the birth of Soul Mob.

BioLux

Photo by Thomas Diasio

BioLux marries visual and auditory elements with hard, funky glitch hop, electro and downtempo. With decades of experience in electronic music scenes from industrial in the 80's through the evolution of the house and techno rave scenes of the 90's, experimental avant garde soundscape projects, psytrance, hard electro and complextro up through today, BioLux has been through it all. Performing under many monikers such as experimental improvisational trio Retrograde Inversion, cyborg concept project Mbreyo and the more recent Schlauting Thomas, this is where we find Thomas Bolton and Erin Zealous today.

Countless festivals, raves, clubs and themed events throughout the years have resulted in this latest project, BioLux, marrying visual and auditory elements with hard, funky Glitch Hop, electro/complextro and downtempo augmented with Lumen Nature Light Suits. A love of technology and the musical expression it facilitates generates a unique experience.

Lee J

Don Mega

 Aleatorien

Aleatorien: ALEATORIEN is not of this world.  Following the principles of aleatory music, the mission is music of chance, without borders, pushing creative evolution, experiencing what is happening in the moment.  The music is always different, never pre-recorded or practiced.

Have you heard about '20,000 Freaks Under The Sea'? Check out the highlights from another annual event from C4 Productions here:

Video by Lumen Nature

Check out our photo gallery from the inaugural Area 54 in 2016 below!

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Thomas Diasio

The Pyramid Stage

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

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Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography


Cycles' Debut Album 'Vacation' Promises A Bright Future Ahead September 17, 2017 21:27

Photo by Gary Sheer Photography

Review by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Denver based power trio, Cycles, get ready to embark on a substantial fall tour for 2017. The action recently kicked off in Colorado with two Phish Dick’s after parties followed by Canyon Jam festival at the legendary Mishawaka Amphitheatre. Heading north out of Colorado, the trio recently completed a run of shows in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho – supporting Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident) at the Knotty Pine Supper Club.

After an October weekend in New Mexico, tour brings them out to the East Coast for their first time. Teaming up with regional act, Formula 5, the trio will see stops in New York City, Burlington, Bridgeport and more before returning to Colorado with shows in Boulder, Steamboat Springs plus an additional date in Taos, NM.

Drawing influence from artists such as Rage Against the Machine, J. Dilla, Primus, Weather Report, and many, many more, Cycles fuses an eclectic blend of genres to produce a truly unique and cohesive sound. Although only two years old, Cycles have over 200 shows under their belt with tours extending across the entire U.S. Fresh off of a lengthy summer tour in support of their first full-length album, Vacation, the band is dialed and at the top of their game.

Follow Cycles on Facebook for all of the band's latest updates!

 

Photo by Ryan Lewis

We have continued hear rave reviews about Cycles over the past year, and after a few months of spinning their first full-length album, Vacation, I understand why. The band's powerful sound is felt from the album's opening title track, as Patrick Harvey (guitar) leads the way with some dynamic, heavy riffs. Having been described as "psychedelic fusion rock," this notion proves itself true throughout this track. Tucker McClung (bass/vocals) holds down a super tight, funk-slap beat from start to finish on "The Aloe Parade," a track which also showcases the band's illustrative, quirky lyrics. 

Michael Wood (drums) and Harvey lead the way through "Green," an exploratory instrumental tune which takes the listener on a smooth, mellow journey. "The Store" follows as another upbeat, explosive rocker which features some seriously impressive transitions and chord changes throughout. Sometimes you have to stop and remind yourself that this is indeed a three-piece band, as the playing on this album couldn't be any tighter. "Everything Must Go" starts off with a notably ambient vibe and progresses with some striking jazzy moments, ultimately landing on a perfectly catchy, rocking chorus. I could see this track being a legit contender for some SiriusXM JamOn playtime.  

"Swing Bells" gives another glimpse at Cycles' impressive range, blending a steady, upbeat rhythm with heavy guitar riffs. The 'nature-esque' samples found towards the end of the track are a nice touch, and I can see this one having potential as one of the album's bigger jam vehicles. "Twilight" is another track which seems to have the perfect touch of mainstream sound, with Wood and McClung creating an unshakable rhythm, making way for more blistering guitar work from Harvey.

I feel confident in saying the "The Ruminator" may not only be the album's funkiest track, but possibly the most lyrically intriguing. There is also more than enough room for some tasty, exploratory improvisation within this 7-minute plus tune. The band clearly wanted to seal the album off with an exclamation point, as the final track "The Call" is a another fiery instrumental rager. This is one that could be utilized in the live setting as an explosive opener, as well as an emphatic set closer. 

Overall, Vacation is distinctively entertaining from start to finish. While this is just the first full-length album for Cycles, one could easily mistake this as the work of a group of seasoned veterans. The precision and overall attention to detail is truly refreshing to hear from a band which has just surpassed its second official year. The future is undoubtedly bright for this young band, and we look forward to watching these guys to make waves across the jam/festival scene for years to come.

Stream Cycles' Vacation its entirety here:

  • We recently had a chance to catch up with Cycles' Tucker McClung (bass/vocals) to learn a little more about the first full length album experience, as well as a few other exciting developments for the band. See below for our Q&A with Tucker, as well as the band's remaining fall tour dates and a few live videos.

So while it's hard to believe, Cycles is a three-piece band. You guys are based in Denver and have been going strong for two years now. How did you guys originally link up?

Tucker: (Michael) Wood and Patty (Harvey) had known each other for several years. They were both big fans of the band Phish and had aspirations of starting a band of their own. Then, Wood met me at an open jam in Fort Collins and asked me to move into a house in Denver to start Cycles. I guess you could say the rest is history.

Denver seems to have as hot of a music scene as any city. How does that fair for a newer band in 2017? You guys seem to have it figured out.

Tucker: Denver's music scene is indeed pretty hot, especially for the jams! The jam scene here was perfect for us. We've had a lot of help from the very beginning.

Let's talk about the new album, Vacation. This is the band's 3rd full length studio recording, correct? I always love hearing the progressions of each band's albums. What made this latest experience so unique?

Tucker: Recording in Blackhawk at Mountain Star Studios was really special for us. We recorded our first album in our basement jam space so being able to spend some time in a professional studio was a real treat. We got to sleep there too!

So you guys just had the opportunity to play the inaugural Canyon Jam. That lineup was a great representation of the jam scenes hottest. How did it feel to be included, and what else has the band excited this fall?
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Tucker: We were incredibly thankful to be included in this year's Canyon Jam. I've heard about these bands from jam enthusiasts for years now, and it was an amazing feeling to share the stage with them. The Mishawaka is so special in its own right, so we were honored to be included!

Watch Cycles perform Les Claypool's "One Better" at Cervantes Other Side in Denver here:

REMAINING FALL TOUR DATES: 

9.29 Mesa Theatre - Grand Junction, CO

10.5 Marble Brewery – Albuquerque, NM

10.6 The Game Sports Bar – Las Cruces, NM

10.7 The Game Sports Bar – Las Cruces, NM

10.18 American Beauty – New York, NY +

10.19 Electric Haze - Worcester, MA +

10.20 The Shaskeen – Manchester, NH +

10.21 Nectar’s – Burlington, VT +

10.26 The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CT +

10.27 King Neptune’s – Lake George, NY +

10.28 Monopole Bar – Plattsburgh, NY

11.09 Taos Mesa Brewing – Taos, NM +

11.10 The Lariat – Buena Vista, CO +

11.11 The Lazy Dog – Boulder, CO +

11.16 Intrinzik – Montrose, CO +

11.17 Old Town Pub – Steamboat Springs, CO +

11.18 Historic Brown – Breckenridge, CO  

11.19 Ullrs Tavern - Winter Park, CO

11.24 The Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO *

+ With Formula 5

* With The Magic Beans

Watch Cycles perform "Everything Must Go" and "Something In The Water" at Cervantes Other Side in Denver here:

Follow Cycles on Facebook for all of the band's latest updates!


CukoRakko Confirms Stellar Lineup For 2017 Fall Fest September 13, 2017 10:52

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Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography
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Festival organizers have revealed the final lineup for CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival, which returns Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL for the fourth consecutive year on October 6th - 8th and will presented by Land Rover of Birmingham. The bi-annual, family friendly, grassroots music and arts festival has seen tremendous growth with each year, and this fall looks to be no exception. FallFest will feature arguably the festival's exciting lineup to date with BIG Something, The Heavy Pets, Backup PlanetFreekbass & The Bump Assembly, lespecial, Mr. B & The Tribal Hoose, Winston Ramble, Downright, Supatight, The Stolen Faces, Shabti, Jon Poor Band, Goat Hill String Band, and Jason Grubbs & Friends.  VIP ticket packages and advance general admission tickets can also be found at CukoRakko.com. This is a one-of-a-kind camping experience at one of Alabama's best kept secrets. Stay tuned for future festival updates, exclusive artist interviews, and everything you need to know about CukoRakko!
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CukoRakko offers so much more than just the music. Don't miss out on Get Rhythm's organized drum circles throughout the weekend. Get Rhythm is an interactive rhythm program which uses hand drums and percussion instruments from around the world with the goal of unity through rhythm. Programs range from educational, team building, leadership, or stress relief.
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John Scalici is an award winning teaching artist, author, internationally recognized facilitator, musician, and a member of the John C. Maxwell Team of certified speakers, coaches, and trainers. His Rhythm of Leadership® and Unity Through Rhythm® programs are in high demand and highly regarded at leading corporations, college campuses, elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S. 
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-Get To Know This Year's Lineup!
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BIG Something

A 6 piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, BIG Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. It's no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. Soaring guitars, synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered Summer circuit stalwarts as Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s who have all tapped Big Something as direct support.

This past February the group released their 4th full-length studio album, Tumbleweed, which was recorded once again with the help of grammy nominated producer John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity). He has produced all of their albums including Truth Serum, which was named 2014 Album of the Year by The Homegrown Music Network, making Big Something the only band ever to win this award 3 times with 3 different releases (2010, 2013, and 2014).

Watch BIG Something perform "The Flood" with Jake Cinninger of Umphrey's McGee here:

The Heavy Pets

The Heavy Pets are a funky-ass rock and roll band from South Florida. Called "a living, breathing force of nature" by Relix magazine, they are known for their songcraft and powerhouse live performances. The band has been a mainstay on the national touring circuit for over a decade, and will release its fourth full-length studio album in September 2017.

The Pets are a seasoned live act, playing over 1200 shows across the country since their inception in 2005. The band's energetic, extended sets have been described as "full blown musical salvation" that embodies the sound of their Florida home, weaving together elements of indie rock, funk and reggae into a style that is uniquely their own.

The group became an instant Sirius radio sensation upon the release of their debut album Whale in 2007. The crossover sound on their self-titled release, named a "Top 10 Album of 2010" by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. 2011 saw the release of Swim Out Past The Sun, an acoustic affair featuring longtime Jerry Garcia collaborator David Grisman. Beginning in 2013, The Heavy Pets put out a series of EPs recorded at the legendary Power Station studios, and will release its fourth full-length album in September 2017.

Watch The Heavy Pets perform "Dewpoint" > "Jackie Bones" here:

Backup Planet

Rock ‘n’ roll epitomizes escapism in its purest form. It’s not just artistic anesthetization either, but rather a galvanizing force that inspires us to keep pushing through life’s trials and tribulations. That’s why we still listen to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Rush, and countless others all these years later. It’s the same reason audiences will be talking about Backup Planet’s second full-length album, Reactions, for a long time to come. The Nashville, TN quartet—Ben Cooper [keys, vocals], Chris Potocik [drums, vocals], Gavin Donati [guitar, vocals], and Blake Gallant [bass, vocals]—write arena-size anthems echoing with progressive intricacy, funk swagger, and even a little metallic edge. Giving listeners an inspiring and invigorating aural haven, their moniker couldn’t be more apropos…

Watch Backup Planet perform David Bowie's "Fame" here:

Freekbass

Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Freekbass was an only child who initially wanted to be a magician. He later developed his own obsession for cartoon superheroes and comic books, relating to the underlying themes.

Living in Cincinnati exposed Freekbass to genres of music he may have missed otherwise. While most kids were listening to Nirvana and Green Day, he connected with the bottom-heavy sounds coming out of the boom boxes like Zapp and Midnight Star. While working in a music shop to pay off his first electric bass he had in lay-away, he began to study the classics of Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Bootsy with a bass in one hand, and an MPC2000 in the other.

Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch, and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Also, national music DVD instruction company, The Rock House Method, recently released two Freekbass instructional DVDs “Learn Funk Bass with Freekbass (Level 1 & Level 2) “, and TrueFire.com just released the instructional DVD/download “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know” . In 2010 Freekbass connected with DJ Logic, and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz to form the funktronica trio, Headtronics. 

Going into 2015 Freek has a lot of things on the table. He just released his next album , “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real”, which is produced by Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket’s Jim James/Ben Sollee) and includes P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson, horn man Skerik, and Trey Anastasio Band vocalist/trumpet Jennifer Hartswick . Also, he was a part of this year’s London Bass Guitar Show in the UK giving a master class and performing. Plus he will be doing extensive touring with his mainstay funk group, “Freekbass & The Bump Assembly” which also includes funk legend Razor Sharp Johnson on keys/synths and George Clinton & P-Funk alumni Rico Lewis on drums. And recently, he signed with the esteemed label Ropeadope Records.

Watch Freekbass' music video for "Mama's Like A Cowboy" here:

lespecial

Hailed as a breakthrough act to watch in 2017, lespecial, based in Boston and upstate New York, have established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. “Disguised as an average power trio from Boston, lespecial creeps around corners and reaches into the darkest depths of the absurd. lespecial is meticulous, creative and defiant; eclectic, multi-talented and driven. The band prides itself in extending the boundaries of musical ability, rebelliously laying waste to the limits of popular music.” (Ragin Randy Entertainment)

Labeled with such unique descriptions as “dark future groove” or “death funk” to “trance metal” or “haunted house party music”, it is tough to put one’s finger on this dangerous and determined trifecta’s distinct sound. A lespecial set brings their signature blend of psychedelic metal infused funk along with deep, thumping synths and 808s that will have your hips swaying as quick as your head banging. From the band’s origins as three friends in high school in the woods of Connecticut who shared a passion for building unique instruments and hitting them with drum sticks, through studying music at a collegiate level to now running their own music school and studio, The Music Cellar, in Millerton NY, Jonny Grusauskas (guitar/synth/sampler/percussion/vocals), Luke Bemand (bass/synth/percussion) and Rory Dolan’s (drums/samples) unique chemistry is what gives them their incomparable personality.

As Steve Morse, Boston Globe writer and Berklee College of Music professor, claims, “They are virtuoso players- and they really listen to each other closely, which is what raises them apart from today’s progressive wannabees”. After several, eclectic EP releases, their debut album, “Omnisquid”, released in 2015, finds the band “jumping through periods of hypnotic rhythms, catchy riffs, and synth grooves fit for a club… throw in a healthy dose of heavy metal and punk influenced guitar, and you have one of the most interesting new albums out there.” (Monkeygoose Magazine). ITDJENTS claims “For fans of King Crimson, Tool, Nine Inch Nails and Battles this is definitely the album for you”. The band’s expansive catalogue of singles and videos, including arrangements of everyone from Kanye West to Skrillex to Fela Kuti, is keeping all eyes and ears on lespecial as they prove in clubs and festivals nationwide why Relix Magazine claims “Amidst the rest of the noise, lespecial is the squeaky wheel that demands attention.” 

Check out lespecial's recent set from Disc Jam Music Festival here:

Mr. B & The Tribal Hoose

Mr B began freestyling and recording mixtapes as a highschooler in Phoenix, AZ. He first came in to the public eye after viral youtube video "Wendys Drive Thru Rap". Soon after, he hit the road in support of acts like DMX and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. It did not take long for Mr B to realize he wanted to perform with more than just himself, and that's when the Tribal Hoose came along. With every member hailing from a different state, the group began as friends improvising live jams with Mr B as he freestyled at local house shows. They quickly realized they were on to something unique and captivating. The band has since grown and had the opportunity to perform at festivals with likes of Soulja Boy and Ying Yang Twins to name a few. They will B releasing their debut album in the Spring of 2017, followed by a tour to promote their album and movement.

Watch Mr. B & The Tribal Hoose perform "It Ain't All Good (But It's All Good) here:

The Stolen Faces

Photo by Thomas Diasio

Grateful Dead cover band The Stolen Faces deftly capture the spirit of the Dead, covering a wide variety of songs from the band’s expansive catalog and delivering them with the sort of energy and spontaneity that might have you thinking you’re standing in the Fillmore West in 1971. Led by bassist Christian Grizzard, the group features guitarist Jack Silverman, drummer Matt Martin, and a rotating cast of some of Nashville’s top session and touring musicians.

The members of The Stolen Faces all share a love for the Dead, and for the freeform jamming and good vibes that music entails. The group puts a high premium on nailing the vocal harmonies, and has the instrumental firepower to take the extended jams into some seriously trippy sonic territory. In a short time, touring through Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, they’ve begun to establish a reputation as one of the Southeast’s most solid and rockin’ Dead bands!

Watch several clips of The Stolen Faces performing here:

Winston Ramble

Based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Winston Ramble is a homegrown, folk-rock band. With members originally hailing from the free state of Winston County, AL, the band aims to interject the raw expression of rock-n-roll into the feel-good vibes of folk and bluegrass music.

Watch Winston Ramble & Friends perform "Miss You" here:

Downright

Watch Downright perform "The Dirt" here:

Supatight

Currently out of Asheville, NC, Supatight delivers a high energy live performance that is funk driven and appeals to a wide variety of audiences. While specializing in hard-hitting funk, their music incorporates elements of reggae, soul, jazz, and comedic country. Supatight blends intricately timed grooves with improvisational components resulting in an authentic, full sound, drawing diverse styles from every member of the band.

Watch Supatight perform "Puddin' Foot" here:

Shabti

Watch Shabti's official video for "Canvas of Clay" here:

Jon Poor Band

Watch Jon Poor Band perform "Alone In Our Skins" here:

Goat Hill String Band

Watch Goat Hill String Band perform "Long Train Runnin" here:

 Jason Grubbs & Friends


Turkuaz Announces New Year's Eve In Baltimore September 12, 2017 14:46

 

Photo by Capacity Images

As the end of 2017 nears, Turkuaz is thrilled to announce The Ball Drop, their annual New Year’s Eve celebration.  This year’s event will take place in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live and also feature Pimps Of Joytime.  The celebration will mark the end of a benchmark year for Turkuaz that includes notable debuts throughout the year at Jam Cruise, Red Rocks, Bonnaroo, Wanee Festival and numerous highlight appearances throughout the United States.

A limited amount of lower fee, fan pre-sale tickets are available now ahead of the general public on sale this Friday, September 15 at 10:00am EST. Discounted early bird VIP option available too.

Pre-Sale Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/yc9v75ye

FB Event: http://tinyurl.com/y9xvv3ra

In addition to unveiling New Years plans, today marks the start of a massive Fall Tour for the group in Arcata, CA.  Consisting of just short of fifty stops and covering ground from coast to coast, the extensive run maintains the band on a busy schedule through December.  In addition to Sinkane, who joins throughout the already announced West Coast leg, other hand picked special guests include Con Brio, The Suffers, & Pimps Of Joytime.  Amidst the many club and theater plays, including a hometown show at the newly opened Brooklyn Steel, are a handful of festival appearances including Whale Rock Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, LEAF Festival and Hangtown Music Festival.  Turkuaz will be teaming up with Live for Live Music throughout the tour to provide behind-the-scenes coverage, real-time recaps, and more updates from the road.

They’ve become one of Brooklyn’s freshest exports, nine charismatic men and women brightly outfitted to have their colorful nature match their expressive voice, playing sounds that blend genuine soul and a potent funk that can’t be forced.  It’s been a quickly addictive pulse and a reputation for a distinct, heavy footed “Powerfunk” that continues to steadily grow their presence.  Since hitting the road hard in 2012, Turkuaz have a released a handful of albums, canvassed the US more times over, and continued to gather devoted listeners along the way.  The band has made impactful appearances at Bonnaroo & Red Rocks, and filled rooms east to west from Terminal 5 in New York to The Fillmore in San Francisco.  Balancing the conventional wisdom that has sparked their flame and using its heat to forge their own sword, Turkuaz is a band that can make anyone appreciate the side that feels familiar, yet remain intrigued by it’s ability to explore its own complex character comprised of nine striking personalities.

Live, Turkuaz is a rock band at the core, yet conjures up sweaty dance parties with the flick of an on-switch, a synchronized dance palette of vibrant colors, and eargasms that deliver pleasing punches one song at a time.  That combination is a spectacle that’s hard to miss and hard to leave feeling anything short of quenched.

Watch Turkuaz perform "Monkey Fingers" on Jam Cruise here:


Widespread Panic Will Play This Weekend's Shows In St. Augustine September 12, 2017 14:14

 

Photo by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Due the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding Hurricane Irma, many sporting events and concerts in Florida and surrounding coastal areas have been forced to reschedule and/or cancel. With a much lighter 2017 touring schedule, Widespread Panic fans have been on edge waiting for a verdict on this weekend's sold out, three-night run in St. Augustine. Fortunately, a positive verdict is in.

St. Augustine and Widespread Panic are excited to announce the shows September 15, 16, & 17th WILL go on as scheduled! St. Augustine shows its resilience and welcomes Panic fans this weekend. Headed to the shows? Bring donations for Feeding Northeast Florida, who will be on-site accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations. Not headed to the show? Give online: feedingnefl.org


Dead & Company Announces 2017 Fall Tour Dates September 07, 2017 11:45

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Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo
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Dead & Company has announced a 15-date fall tour, which kicks off with a two-night run at Madison Square Garden and wraps up with a two-night run in FloridaTicket and VIP presales kick off Tuesday, September 12 for Fall Tour 2017 with general on sale for most dates on Friday, September 16. Full list of dates listed below To ensure you, the real fans, get tickets in your hands directly, Verified Fan Registration will be available for all tour dates beginning today. Supplies are limited, so register today to become a Verified Fan to get access to presale tickets. Registration closes Sunday, September 10 at 10PM PST. Register here: http://deadandco.tmverifiedfan.com
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Dead & Company was formed in 2015 and first toured that fall. The band went on to tour again in the Summer of 2016 and earlier this summer.  Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with singer/guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and pianist Jeff Chimenti to form the band Dead & Company. The band will take the stage at a series of shows at the legendary Madison Square Garden beginning October 31st and will perform two sets of music drawing largely from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs. 
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Nov. 12th - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Nov. 14th - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Nov. 16th - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 17th - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Nov. 21st - Washington, DC - Capitol One Arena
Nov. 22nd- Hartford, CT - XL Center 
Nov 24th -Detroit, MI - Little Caesar's Arena
Nov. 25th - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena 
Nov. 28th -Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center 
Nov. 29th -Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena 
Dec. 1st -Dallas, TX - American Airlines Arena 
Dec. 2nd - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
Dec. 5th -New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center 
Dec. 7th -Orlando, FL - Amway Center
Dec. 8th -Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
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The Southern Belles Announce Fall Tour Dates In Support Of New Album September 07, 2017 11:26

 

Photo by Jody Carbone: Unwired

Today, The Southern Belles of Richmond, VA, announced their tour dates through the end of 2017. They will be touring in support of their most recent release, In the Middle of the Night, which came out on August 5th. The band will return to several of their favorite cities and hit some brand new markets where fans have been asking for plays. Advance tickets for many of the shows are on sale now.
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The four-piece southern-psychedelic rock band has been touring the east coast for the past five years, including several runs out to Colorado. The next four months will take them from Florida to Connecticut, with a few stops in their home state of Virginia and back out to Tennessee. See the full list of dates below: 
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9/13 - Silk City - Philadelphia, PA, with ShwizZ
9/14 - Sprout Music Collective - West Chester, PA, with ShwizZ
9/15 - Alfred House - Washington DC
9/16 - Main Pub - Manchester, CT
9/21 - 622 North - Blacksburg, VA
9/22 - Preservation Pub - Knoxville, TN
10/6 - The Brown Hotel - Indiana, PA
10/7 - Bullfrog Brewery - Williamsport, PA
10/12 - The Acoustic - Bridgeport, CT
10/14 - Carpe Noctem 4 - Lehighton, PA
10/25 - 8X10 - Baltimore, MD
10/27 - Alfred House - Washington DC
11/3 - The Broadberry - Richmond, VA, with Groove Fetish
11/4 - The Pour House - Raleigh, NC, with Groove Fetish
11/9 - The Rabbit Hole - Charlotte, NC, with Emma's Lounge
11/10 - The Local - Boone, NC              
11/11 - Barrelhouse South - Savannah, GA
11/17 - Dunedin Brewery - Dunedin, FL
11/18 - Guanabana's - Jupiter, FL
11/30 - Alfred House - Washington DC
12/1 - Melody's - Beckley, WV
12/2 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
12/7 - Doc Taylor's - Virginia Beach, VA
12/8 - Martin's - Roanoke, VA
12/9 - Abbey Bar - Harrisburg, PA, with Dr. Slothclaw
12/14 - Preservation Pub - Knoxville, TN
12/15 - Clyde's - Chattanooga, TN
12/16 - The Hummingbird - Macon, GA
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 Listen to The Southern Belle's "LA Moves" here:
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“We can’t wait to get back on the road with this new material,” said guitarist Adrian Ciucci. “It’s received some great attention since the release and I’m excited to see how it develops live. Even though we’ve been playing these songs all year, having the album out gives them a whole new life and playing them in front of crowds who are familiar with them now is gonna be a totally different thing.”

The album has received national and regional attention from a number of media outlets including an international radio station based in the UK. The lead single from In the Middle of the Night, “LA Moves,” has been playing on SiriusXM’s Jam On and will be followed by the forthcoming B-side release, “The Lever.” The album is available for purchase on all major music sources and at thesouthernbellesmusic.com. For more information on these shows, please visit the website, Facebook, or contact Carly Shields.
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Watch Phish's Monster "Carini" From Dick's Sporting Goods Park September 06, 2017 12:27

After another successful Labor Day celebration in Colorado, Phish has its fans sitting and waiting for details on a potential New Year's run. Will the band go for 17 in 17 at Madison Square Garden?  Will they head to California for their first ever West Coast NYE run? Only time will tell.  In the meantime, the band has shared HD footage from night one at Dick's, when a 20-minute plus "Carini" highlighted easily one of the band's hottest sets of 2017. Watch the video in full below, and stay tuned for all of the latest Phish updates!

Watch Phish jam on "Carini" at Dick's Sporting Goods Park here:

Setlist: Phish - Dick's Night 1 - 09.01.17 (via Phish.net)

This show was webcast via Live Phish. Ghost contained NMINML teases and quotes.

Perpetual Groove Launches Kickstarter Campaign For New Studio Album September 06, 2017 10:26

Veteran Georgia jam rockers Perpetual Groove have revealed plans for their first studio album in seven years, and you can be an active part of this release. The band detailed an official Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday, which promises 'great rewards' for each of their loyal backers. The campaign even includes an entertaining video featuring frontman Brock Butler as famous television painter Bob Ross. This will be the band's first full-length studio release since 2009's Heal, which included favorites such as "Lost Connection," "Too Close To The Sun," and "Honey Cut." See below for the band's official statement via Facebook, which includes a direct link to the campaign. The official "Brock Ross" video can also be found below.

  • Be a part of Perpetual Groove history!

    It's been seven years since Perpetual Groove released a full-length album. We've never been able to release an album on vinyl. Now is the time to remedy both of these issues and we want YOU to join us in the process of doing it! Perpetual Groove has always been for the people BY the people. You have supported us from day one and now we have an entire stack of never-before heard tunes and some road tested gems that must make their way to the studio!

    With the support from all of you and this Kickstarter campaign, we'll be able to release an album in a way we have never done before. We'll be making videos of the process to share with you along the way, and will finally be able to release a vinyl recording for the first time ever!

    We've got tons of great rewards for all of our backers...and if you aren't able to pledge right now simply sharing this post with your friends would still be a huge help. Plus it'll let more people experience "the Joy of Recording with Brock Ross."

    Sincerely, Adam, Albert, Brock, and Matt - Perpetual Groove

    Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign today!

Watch the official 'Brock Ross' video here:
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Watch Perpetual Groove's music video for "Paper Dolls" here:
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Space Kadet's New EP 'Ultra Funkular' Hits On All Cylinders September 01, 2017 12:52

Photos by DV Photo Video

Words by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Atlanta-based jamtronic act Space Kadet has just released its latest studio work in the form of a five-song EP titled Ultra Funkular. Mastered by Papadosio's Anthony ThogmartinUltra Funkular perfectly captures the atmospheric, jazzy funk that this four-piece has become known for since its inception in 2014. One of our favorite elements about this band is its ability to navigate between improv jam and electronic boundaries, making way for a uniquely diverse final product. 

The EP's title track features Louisiana-based trumpet player / producer Ryan Viser, who provides some additional adrenaline into an already impelling dance tune. Ultra Funkular's first single, "French Elevators," has an funky, old school Sector 9 to it, and the vocal samples from The Temptation's "I Wish It Would Rain" will undoubtedly catch the attention of any potential listener. Drummer Rohan Prakesh and percussionist Phil Ordonez hold down a wildly tight beat throughout "Junsuina," and Thomas Garret's jazzy guitar influence certainly shines throughout the track. The final track, "BTSD," seems the most electronic of the bunch but still maintains a notably melodic, groovy bass line (via Alex Etheridge) at its core.

Overall, Ultra Funkuluar more than lives up to its catchy title, and there's no doubt that Space Kadet offers something that just about any music fan can get down to. See below to stream the EP in its entirety. Space Kadet's next show will be at Imagine Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway (September 22nd - 24th). More dates will be announced in the near future, including an STS9 after party in St Augustine, FL on October 7th with Artifakts at The Elk Lodge.

Listen to Space Kadet's 'Ultra Funkular' here:

Space Kadet explores many genres on the electronic instrumental spectrum with a deep emphasis on creating a spacey funky atmosphere and sound, always leaving the listener in a trance. The band taps into a variety of genres ranging from high energy driven electro-funk to hip hop infused drum and bass into trap, deep dub, house, break beats and more. Recently, the band has shared the stage with praised acts such as The Russ Liquid Test, Zoogma, Sunsquabi, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Werks, Govinda, Higher Learning as well as playing acclaimed festivals such as Purple Hatters Ball, Imagine Festival, Sweetwater 420 festival and Zen Awakening. Space Kadet came together to form an always changing, never ending, groovy space odyssey. 

Space Kadet is: Rohan Prakash (Drums and Production), Alex Etheridge (Bass and Production), Thomas Garret (Guitar) and Phil Ordonez (Percussion).


Watch Joe Russo's Almost Dead Play Red Rocks Tonight August 31, 2017 18:47

You often hear about the "magic in the air" in Colorado, and this weekend is shaping up to be a perfect explanation why. Earlier this summer, Joe Russo's Almost Dead was scheduled to make its highly anticipated Red Rocks debut, but mother nature had other plans. With a severe summer snowstorm in the forecast, the show was moved to the nearby 1st Bank Center in Broomfield (CO), with the band promising a make up show in the near future.

Shortly after what became the band's first arena show, the make up date was announced for Thursday, August 31st (aka the night before Phish's annual weekend at Dick's). It's hard to imagine a more amazing way to kick off your Labor Day weekend, and thankfully, JRAD will be webcasting their show as well. The show is scheduled to kick off shortly at 9:30 PM EST / 8:30 PM CST, and can be purchased via nugs.net by clicking here. And just a reminder...Phish will also be webcasting all three shows this weekend...with a free stream on Sunday (click here for details).


Phish Will Release 'A Live One' On Vinyl August 31, 2017 16:33

Phish's best-known live compilation is coming to vinyl and is scheduled for release on October 27th. Bull Moose (via Melomaniacs) reports that the album will make its very first venture to vinyl after 22 years. The band's first ever live release took twelve tunes from Phish's 1994 summer and fall tours including notable versions of live staples like "You Enjoy Myself," "Tweezer," "Harry Hood" and "The Squirming Coil" as well as "Wilson," taken from the band's very first show at Madison Square Garden. Click here for details on placing your order in advance.

Stream the album in it's entirety here:


Tedeschi Trucks Band Shares Backstage Footage With John Bell August 31, 2017 15:46

Tedeschi Trucks Band brought the 'Wheels of Soul Tour' to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 30th, and this was certainly a night to remember. The band was joined by Widespread Panic frontman John Bell for three songs, and footage from backstage rehearsals has now been shared. Bell joined TTB for covers of Leon Russell’s “Delta Lady,” James Carr’s “Dark End Of The Street” and Bob Dylan’s “Down Along The Cove.”

While footage of the "Down Along The Cove" rehearsal was previously released, today's video revealed some amazing footage of the group working on "Dark End Of The Street." See below for the official footage, and head over to TTB's Facebook page for all of their latest updates.

Watch footage of the "Dark End Of The Street" rehearsal here:

Watch footage of the "Down Along The Cove" rehearsal here:

 


Watch The Werks Cover An Isaac Hayes/South Park Classic August 30, 2017 14:55

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Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography
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After finishing up another highly successful summer full of major festival appearances, The Werks are back to their rigorous touring schedule in support of their latest studio release MagicAnyone familiar with the veteran Ohio-based jam band knows to expect the unexpected; with a wildly diverse catalog of originals and unique covers. Friday night's show at Headliners Music Hall in Lexington, KY was no exception, as The Werks busted out a flawless, yet hysterical take on Isaac Hayes' "Chocolate Salty Balls" for the first time since 2012. 
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Many will recall this song via South Park's "Chef" in 1998, and it's safe to say that Chris Houser (guitar/vocals) did this one justice. Thankfully, Charles Izenstark (IZEoftheworld) was on hand to capture the magic in its entirety. Check out the video footage below, and head over to the band's official Facebook page for all of your latest Werks' updates.
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Watch The Werks perform "Chocolate Salty Balls" here:
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For those who are curious, here's Isaac Hayes performing the original at Glastonbury 2002:
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Catch The Werks and Passafire on tour this fall. Click here for a complete list of dates and further details!
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Joe Russo's Almost Dead Announces Fall Tour Dates August 29, 2017 12:23

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo

Fresh off another monster weekend at LOCKN' Festival, Joe Russo's Almost Dead has announced its official 2017 fall tour dates. This all starts with JRAD's 'Fall Ball' at Brooklyn Bowl, which consists of six shows spread out over two weekends: October 5 – 7 and October 12 – 14. After a band pre-sale on Wednesday, tickets go on sale to the general public this Thursday, August 31 at 1 12 p.m. ET.

JRAD then heads out to California for two shows at the Teragon Ballroom in Los Angeles (Nov. 9th - 10th) and a show at The Fox Theatre in Oakland (Nov. 11th). A band pre-sale on Wednesday will be followed by the general on-sale this Friday, September 1st at 1:00 PM ET. The final two confirmed shows will be in Boston at the House of Blues (Dec. 8th - 9th). A band pre-sale on Wednesday will be followed by the general on-sale this Friday, at 12 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned, as the band plans to announce two additional shows on Monday, September 11th. These will be the final JRAD shows for 2017, as this announcement also notes that the band will not be playing a New Year's Eve run this year. 

Watch JRAD perform "Althea" at Brooklyn Bowl on 03.11.17 here:


Mungion Has Van, Equipment, & Gear Stolen: Here's How You Can Help August 29, 2017 11:18

 

While on the road preparing for the their first headlining tour, Chicago-based jam band Mungion had its entire van stolen in the West Village of Detroit, MI.  Unfortunately, the van contained all of the band's gear, including instruments, lights, amps, monitors, merchandise, and more. Between the band and equipment, the band estimates a total loss of $41,500. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched in an effort to assist with this devastating loss. Click here to learn more and consider helping Mungion during this time of need. If you have any info on the whereabouts of any of the stolen equipment, please contact the band's publicist. See below for the band's official statement via Facebook.

  • Last weekend, while on the road, we were staying out in Detroit and woke up to find our van and trailer stolen with all of our gear, merchandise, lights, and other valuable belongings in them. Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors we piled up in a hatchback and drove 6 hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!

    Our very first tour as a headlining band is coming up in the next week and we need your help to get us back on our feet. Everything that was taken from us is estimated at around $50,000 total. Now more than ever, we need the help from our Mung Family to pick us back up and make the force even stronger! Any donations will help, big or small. We promise to reciprocate all of the positive energy and love through each and every show we play. We are able to do what we love because of ALL of you and could not imagine going through this journey alone. WE thank you in advance for all of your help, love, and support. We know that something like this will only make us stronger.

Check out Mungion's studio performance of "Makanda" here:


Relix Will Host Free Live Stream From LOCKN' Festival August 24, 2017 13:13

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Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo
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Press Release via Relix.com
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The annual Lockn' Festival kicks off on Thursday with performances from Umphrey's McGee and The String Cheese Incident and Relix will host an exclusive, free livestream all weekend long beginning with those performances at 7 PM ET. 
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The webcast will be free, airing daily from 10 AM to 2 AM ET with sets from Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band with Bob Weir and Nicki Bluhm celebrating Terrapin Station, Widespread Panic, The Avett Brothers (with special guest Bob Weir), Jim James, Brandi Carlile, John Fogerty, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, The Disco Biscuits and more. Donations will be encouraged, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
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"We've been thinking about different ways that we can try and re-direct the energy in the Charlottesville area and do something positive for the community," says festival co-founder Peter Shapiro. "We wanted to enable anyone anywhere across the globe to experience the music and the great vibes at LOCKN' and at the same time help support the cause. 
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Watch all the action here.
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Phish Announces Webcasts For Labor Day Weekend At Dick's August 23, 2017 17:25

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Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo
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Phish will continue its annual Labor Day Weekend tradition at Dick's Sporting Goods Park next weekend, and its easily the hottest ticket in town. While just about everyone seems to be on the hunt for extras, the band has announced that it will offer full HD webcasts of all three shows, including a free webcast on Sunday night via LivePhish.comPhish’s run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park spans from September 1st – 3rd. The free webcast will be viewable via Phish’s Facebook page, Twitter or YouTube channel as well as LivePhish.com, where you can also find your various options for steaming the Friday and Saturday night shows.
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Perpetual Groove Returns To Alabama This Week August 23, 2017 12:41

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Photo by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
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Veteran southern jam band Perpetual Groove has been hot on the trail since reuniting in May of 2015, and the band's loyal following in Alabama is in for a treat this week. PGroove makes its long-awaited return to Auburn on Thursday night at Bourbon Street Bar, and an intimate show at Birmingham's Zydeco will follow on Friday night. The band has a long, rich history with both of these venues, and you can rest assured that these shows will be high-energy, jam-filled occasions.
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We are giving away a pair of tickets to both upcoming shows. See below for instructions on entering the contest for either show. Make sure your Facebook settings are set to public so we can see your activity on our end. We will announce the winner for the Auburn tickets on Thursday afternoon and the winner for the Birmingham tickets on Friday afternoon.
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    Watch Perpetual Groove perform "Three Weeks" in Athens, GA here:
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    String Cheese Incident's Bill Nershi Confirms Status For LOCKN' August 23, 2017 00:13

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    Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident has confirmed that he is in good health and ready for this weekend's LOCKN Festival. Nershi was forced to miss Sunday's show at Oregon Eclipse Festival while battling a case of benign positional vertigo (BPV). The band's frontman took to his personal Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon to clear the air and express his excitement to return to Oak Ridge Farm for the SCI's rotating sets with Umphrey's McGee on Thursday night. See below for Nershi's official statement.
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    • Hi everyone,
      Okay, here's the skinny. I had benign positional vertigo (BPV). Crystals in a cavity in my inner ear had dislodged themselves somehow, causing the sensation that things were moving when they weren't. I went to a hearing specialist that used a technique of having me lay back and move my head from side to side and use this vibrating thing against my head to get the crystals to gravitate back into the proper cavity. He said there is now absolutely no danger in flying. I am good to go!!!! See ya at Lockn' this weekend!

      Thanks everyone for your concern and good vibes,
      Billy

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    Watch footage from SCI's recent Red Rocks run here:
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